Louisiana Man Sentenced to 24 Years After Pleading Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine

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Published June 04, 2022

Louisiana Man Sentenced to 24 Years After Pleading Guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine

Louisiana – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Mark Richburg, age 40, of New Orleans, was sentenced on June 2, 2022 by United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon after previously pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 100 grams or more of heroin, and a quantity of cocaine base, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 841(b)(1)(B), 841(b)(1)(C), and 846.

According to court documents, Richburg and others conspired to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin in the New Orleans area. Richburg also arranged for the transport of multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin between Texas and New Orleans.

Judge Fallon sentenced Richburg to 292 months (24 years, 4 months) in prison, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This prosecution is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s (“OCDETF”) extensive investigation. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their work in investigating this case. The prosecution is led by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Privitera and Jonathan L. Shih.